House Committee Reports China is Subsidizing Fentanyl Production

Cites Chinese tax data offering 13 percent subsidies for precursor chemicals. On Tuesday, the House Select Committee on China published a report showing that China was financially subsidizing…

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FTC Reports Increase in E-Cigarette Advertising and Sales

Flavored disposable devices comprise 71 percent of sales. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released its third report on nationwide e-cigarette sales and advertising, which showed an increase in…

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DOJ Settles Opioid User Discrimination Case with PA Court System

Addicts approved for anti-addiction treatment were not given their prescriptions. The Department of Justice (DOJ) secured an agreement with the Judicial System of Pennsylvania requiring state courts to…

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HHS and GSA Update Defibrillator Stations to Include Opioid Overdose Treatments

The departments updated guidelines to expand on-site safety stations for federal buildings. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) updated…

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Labor Department Awards Funding to Ohio for Employment and Training

The disaster relief is to support communities impacted by opioid use, addiction, and overdose. The U.S. Department of Labor announced the third incremental award, of over $2.8 million,…

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Senate Health Committee Considers Reauthorizing Opioid Treatment Legislation

The 2018 SUPPORT Act would be renewed after missing a September deadline. The Senate Health Committee has scheduled a meeting to consider the reauthorization of the SUPPORT Act,…

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VA Report Shows Opioid Treatment Program Failing Veterans

Office of Inspector General report exposes general oversights in the VA healthcare system. The Office of Inspector General within the Department of Veterans Affairs has reported that healthcare…

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Legislation Would Address Fentanyl Epidemic 

Similar bills were introduced in both House and Senate.  Representative Scott Fitzgerald of Wisconsin introduced a bill to address the ongoing opioid epidemic, particularly fentanyl-related substances. A Senate version…

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CDC Eases Rules on Opioids

Officials say that legal enforcement only fuels the opioid crisis.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a 200-page report with new recommendations to relax restrictions…

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Justice Department Addresses Substance Abuse

$340 million in grants is being awarded.  The Office of Justice Programs at the Department of Justice announced Friday that it had awarded more than $340 million to…

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